Documenting the full cleaning process that took place in July. An all volunteer effort supplying people, equipment, and lots of “sweat equity” which produced a miraculous transformation of the exterior that exceeded everyone’s expectations! With thanks to ESCA Blast for their generous donation of equipment, and The Fonthill Woodlands Project of The Bucks County Historical Society for the attention they are giving to The Little Stone House in the Woods!
After weeks with lots of activity and attention to The Little Stone House, the exterior cleaning is complete. Lots of great community feedback about how well it looks now. And that’s not the only change. To help keep it this way, two wireless security cameras were installed to look upon the house, and act as deterrents to those wishing to do it harm again. Big thank you to Fonthill/The Mercer Museum for their commitment to purchase the cameras, and the improvements being made on the Little Stone House.
A complete video documenting the entire process is in post production, and will be posted to social media, as well as this site once it is complete. For now, a brief “Before & After” comparison, to show the dramatic results. Aside from the many volunteers, big thanks also go to ESCA Blast, who graciously donated their equipment and services to the project. Thank you!
Today the work began! With thanks to Hank Schmalzried & Kevin Motsavage from our friends at ESCA Blast who are donating all equipment and services to help restore The Little Stone House. Friends of The Little Stone House volunteers were at the ready to do the work of removing the decades of graffiti through a process using low pressure limestone media. A dusty but environmentally safe cleaning method. It was a hot but rain-free morning, and much progress was made.
Work ran from 9am to about 1pm, and will continue weekdays until approximately June 22, unless we finish up early. Everyone was pleased with how much progress was made on this first day, and we are hopeful for a good stretch of dry weather. Thank you to everyone involved!
Recorded on June 29, 2019 after the last cleanup before graffiti removal commences. Documenting the decades of vandalism and abuse about to be cleaned away.
Now that we are in the warmer months, lots to happen this summer (It’s already begun). Public works employees recently removed the steel grate from the lower part of the house. June 29th is our next Community clean Up day, and it will be an important one—-in July the graffiti gets removed! We are very excited for this, and plan to fully document the process here, and on our Social Media. More updates soon!
Thank you to those volunteers who helped us with the last CleanUp scheduled for the season! Aside from tending to The Little Stone House, fall mums were planted around key spots around the Fonthill Grounds. Thank you to all our volunteers over this past year! Your efforts will pay off next year as BIG changes are readied for early next spring.
Our next clean up date is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, 2018. Wear long clothing suitable for gardening. 9am to Noon. See the link below for more details. Thank you!
September 15, 2018 was a great day for showing the house some community love. 19 people from the community helped out, including members of Telford, PA Boy Scout Troop 14, and Doylestown’s Girl Scouts 21852. All of these people made quick work of clearing back some regrown brush, and tidying up around the house perimeter. It might seem like coming back to pull out new growth and tidying up isn’t much progress, but it shows the community that there is a new respect and care for the house, which will help instill a sense of community pride to keep it neat, and not vandalize. One big positive part of our earlier season efforts: the poison ivy did not grow back! All of us who suffered with rashes after those clearings of a few months back–it was not for naught!
Another positive: this month we noticed very little new trash outside as compared to other clean ups. So maybe our caring for the house is rubbing off on others. Time will tell.
Thank you again to all of our volunteers! Stay with this page, and our Facebook Group for more updates on the status of restoration. Next clean up is October 6th!
Back in November, 2016, I experimented with a 360 degree spherical camera at the house, with hopes to get a peek inside, even though the inside is currently inaccessible. The camera has a thin profile, and I was able to mount it to a long painter’s pole, and stick it between the barred windows. Here was the result, now uploaded on a 360 video service. My hope is to gain access to the inside and shoot a higher resolution 360 video of the house, inside and outside, before the graffiti is removed later this fall.